A: Yes, Tom Skerritt did the voice work on the spot. Many people recognize him from movies including "Top Gun," "River Runs Through It" and the original "MASH." Or he's known for his role on TV's "Picket Fences." But why did we ask Tom to work on a commercial about KING 5 News? Because this Hollywood star loves Western Washington.
Not only has he lived here for more than 20 years, he sees such great potential in the independant movie culture and screenwriting ability, he helped launch The Film School.
A: We used a DSLR camera, specifically a Canon 5D Mark II. It was a decision to push the available technology because these types of cameras are mostly used for still photography. But at a time when a phone can take great pictures we saw an opportunity to capture the essence of 35mm in high definition.
And because of its compact size, we could move to more locations using less additional gear. The camera was paired with the latest in lens technology, the Zeiss CP2 cine primes. This spot is one of the first in the nation to be shot on this type of camera.
Q: How did you add color to the black and white video?
A: Actually, we did the opposite and removed the color, creating black and white. For those few shots where only select color remains, 2 different computer techniques were used.
The first involves choosing a color – in our case, yellow - and removing everything else. This is commonly referred to as the Pleasantville effect, as it was first used in the movie of the same name.
The second is a technique called rotoscoping. It’s how we trace around elements and separate them from the background so they can be treated independently. This is how Jean and Dennis remain in color while the room behind them is black and white.
Q: What kind of camera did you use?